Milan 1585 ducatone Dav-8309

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Aureo sale 238, lot 4
The first specimen was lot 4 in Aureo & Calicó sale 238 (Barcelona, November 2011), where it sold for 680 euro (about US$1,078 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"1585. Milán. 1 ducatón. Excolección G. di Giulio. Bella pátina. Muy rara y más así. EBC-/EBC. (Duchy of Milan, ducatone of 1585. Nice toning, rare thus, about extremely fine.)"
Ducatons were issued in the Spanish Netherlands and associated states (including the bishopric of Liege and Franche Comte) during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, where they competed with French écus, German talers and Dutch daalders and ducatons. The type shown here was struck at Milan 1579-88 for Philip II of Spain. The series is plagued by bad planchets and poor strikes, reducing their appeal to collectors. The Spanish issues for Milan ended with the death of Charles II in 1700, when the duchy passed to Austria, which held it until the coming of Napoleon.

Reported Mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver.

Catalog reference: Crippa 13/C (plate coin), Vti. 52, Dav-8309.


  • Krause, Chester L, and Clifford Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 1st ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1996.
  • [1]Sisó, Teresa, Eduardo Domingo and Lluís Lalana, Subasta Colleción Leunda, Barcelona: Aureo & Calicó Subastas Numismáticas, 2011.

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